In early 2015, Foster created an extracurricular school garden project at the arts high school where he teaches. The project is designed to provide students with opportunities to learn about raising flowers, vegetables, and herbs on a small scale without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, but it has also involved students in activities related to gardening, sustainability, and healthy eating. Since the August 2018 fire that caused the school to relocate, the project, which is now called A Moveable Feast, has been rebuilt as a school garden and outdoor classroom on the site of what had once been an elementary-school playground.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has essentially halted the school garden project, since students are not allowed to come to the campus. After a rainy winter in early 2020, students were sent home from schools about the time for spring planting, and now, our local system is all online to begin the 2020–2021 school year.
To learn about the project and its history, click on the links below:
Dirty Boots: “Farm School Lessons and My Stubborn Optimism” from November 2019
A Moveable Feast: Fall Finally Comes to a School Garden from November 2019
A Moveable Feast: Daring to Plant in Mid-August! from August 2019
“Two MPS teachers selected to attend sustainability academy in Montana” in the Montgomery Advertiser, April 21, 2019
A Moveable Feast: Vegetable Beds for a Rebirthed School Garden from March 2019
A Moveable Feast: The Rebirth of a School Garden from January 2019
The School Garden, Year Three from September 2016
A mid-summer progress report on the school garden from July 2015
Humble progress at the school garden from June 2015
A few months later . . . voila— a vegetable garden from May 2015